Sculptural construction

For the team at W Hamilton Building, the incredibly complex task of constructing Cliffs Road House, the 2023 City Home of the Year, was one that began in the very early stages of design.

A feat of engineering, Cliffs Road House, the 2023 City Home of the Year, required a complex construction process involving an in situ concrete spine, structural steel, and poured concrete walls.

“By being involved early and part of the consultant team prior to construction, we were able to gain a thorough understanding of the requirements and develop solutions,” Bill Hamilton explains. 

“Structurally, the house was very complex. Essentially, it has an in situ concrete spine from which the cantilevers pull through. It required a lot of structural steel interwoven with poured in situ concrete, and the concrete became the finished
walls so there was a lot of care and attention paid to the formwork. 

The structural complexity of the house required a careful interweaving of structural steel and poured in situ concrete.

“Another challenge was the indoor swimming pool, and handling the air movement around it so that moisture didn’t escape into the rest of the house. This was a once-in-a-lifetime project, a rare opportunity to construct a home that is also a sculpture.”


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